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Puneet Anand - Hyundai

Puneet Anand, Asst. VP & Group Head – Corp Affairs & Comm, Hyundai Motors India Ltd. Talks CSR, Road Safety and Electric Cars

Apart from bringing the Korean aesthetic and attention to detail, Hyundai has become synonymous with road safety because of its long-running Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that revolve around making drives safer. ‘Safe Move’ is one of the key pillars of Hyundai Motor Group’s long-term road-safety CSR initiative across the globe. During the sixth edition...
cybagekhushboo scholarship

CSR: CybageKhushboo scholarship will annually provide financial aid to economically challenged meritorious students

CybageKhushboo, the CSR and philanthropic arm of Cybage Software and a self-sustaining NGO, recently announced its Annual Scholarship Program for 2021-22 in Pune. The announcement aligns with the organizational aim of making quality education accessible to all deserving students. The program helps students from economically weaker backgrounds pursue higher education. Registrations for the Scholarship Program...
Sushree Sahu - Humanising Lives

World Mental Health Day 2021: In Conversation with Sushree Sahu, Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Humanising Lives

On World Mental Health Day 2021 today, the world will showcase the efforts made in mental health in an unequal world. We spoke to Sushree Sahu from the non-profit organisation Humanising Lives. The NPO believes mental illness favours no colour, no gender – whether biological or preferred, no socio-economic class, no educational background, and...
Sharda Gautam - Tata Trusts

Sharda Gautam from Tata Trusts talks handloom revival

“Handloom is not only the second-largest sector after agriculture in providing livelihood but also the largest unorganized sector in India. However, handloom weavers are drifting away from the sector at an alarming pace. Precious skills of centuries could soon be lost with weavers in rural areas having abandoned the craft for want of proper...
core-business sustainability

CSR versus Core-Business Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability are being used by businesses interchangeably. While the government of India envisioned CSR to catalyse philanthropic effort among businesses, sustainability – or core-business sustainability – entails transforming a company’s business model to achieve sustainability outcomes. Core business sustainability refers to the integration of the principles of sustainability into the business’s...
Karan Bagaria - Kemwell

Karan Bagaria, MD, Kemwell talks CSR in Biopharma

Did you know there's a Tibetan Medicine Centre in Bengaluru city established by none other than the Dalai Lama himself? “My grandfather and father were big followers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My father had met him during one of his visits to Bengaluru, and that’s when he asked him about setting up...
social mobility

Social mobility in India has caste and class blocks

Social mobility is the extent to which people are able to move between socio-economic strata during their lifetime and between generations. In societies with low social mobility like ours, a person’s background often predetermines the upper limit of education they would attain, the type of work they would do and the level of income...
wind export hub

India poised to become a wind export hub

India’s electricity demand is projected to grow at 9.9% yearly towards 2025 driven by its sheer size and economic growth. The demand dipped temporarily in 2020 due to Covid-19 induced lockdowns, but it not only rebounded to match the pre-COVID level but ended up exceeding 2020 highs in early 2021. Renewable energy will be the...
carbon footprint

Corporates actively reducing their carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions constitute a significant portion of a business’s total carbon footprint. Recognising these emissions as a part of one’s own carbon footprint could lead to large-scale change. There is an emerging trend among businesses to set internal carbon prices or apply internal carbon taxes. According to the report Reducing Risks, Addressing Climate Change...
CSR collaborations in water

How CSR collaborations propel community-based water projects

Corporate Social Responsibility has emerged as a strong mechanism for businesses to affect community-based water projects. Between 2014 and 2019, CSR has funded over Rs. 5,018 crores in environmental sustainability, Rs. 2,087 crores in sanitation and Rs. 824 crores in safe drinking water in India according to a report by the United Nations Development...
Manoj Balachandran - IBM

Manoj Balachandran, Head – CSR, IBM India & South Asia discusses AI for social good

Artificial intelligence in agriculture is attracting the attention of technology bigwigs like IBM. At a time when the whole world is disrupted by COVID-19 and social distancing is the norm, electronic mandis, for example, could offer an excellent way for transactions between farmers and customers in the post-COVID world. Manoj Balachandran who heads CSR at...
Azim Premji

Philanthropy report: Azim Premji, the most generous Indian

“I strongly believe that those of us, who are privileged to have wealth, should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged.” - Azim Premji These words of wisdom come from one of the world's wealthiest as well as benevolent business tycoons. As of June 2021, his...

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